iPhone with physical keyboard; would you prefer that?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by orange42, Jun 10, 2009.

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Would you want a keyboard on your iPhone?

  1. yes

    20 vote(s)
    13.7%
  2. no

    126 vote(s)
    86.3%
  1. orange42 macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    I've been reading around and noticed that some people seem to want a future iPhone to have a physical qwerty keyboard. I personally would not. I think adding a keyboard to the iPhone would make it less professional looking and, though nothing else competes IMO, make it seem Voyager or Pre-esque.

    Would you want or not want a keyboard?
     
  2. gloss macrumors 601

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    I've never liked the feel of physical QWERTY keyboards.
     
  3. jmann macrumors 604

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    Hell-to-the-No. The only keyboard I ever liked on a phone was the sidekick keyboard (especially the LX), it is the best on the market IMO. I can type very fast on the virtual keyboard. A physical would slow me down. ;)
     
  4. harry20larry macrumors 6502a

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    I would never switch back to a physical mobile keyboard, the iphone one is just faster and better
     
  5. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a

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    NO NO NO

    I have had phones with QWERTY, I have had several keys like the "c" button quit working on me.
     
  6. racers macrumors regular

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    exact same thing just went through my mind :p
     
  7. Arkanok macrumors 6502a

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    I'm happy with it being an on screen keyboard, especially when 3.0 comes out and we can go in landscape to type sms and emails. Although, I have to disagree with you when you say that a physical keyboard would make it "less professional" as most blackberries have physical keyboards and they look professional to me.

    But yea, on-screen keyboard all the way.
     
  8. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I'd like the option of a slide out landscape keyboard.
     
  9. wahoo10 macrumors 6502

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    I had to temporarily go back to an older phone with a physical keyboard due to a temp "misplacement" of my iPhone. It took me freaking 10min to type out a message, whereas the iPhone takes a whopping 10 seconds. EFF PHYSICAL KEYPADS!
     
  10. Dsr1205 macrumors 6502

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    I think the current I iPhone is great buy I wouldlove one that had a slide out keyboard from theback, I'd be fine with a little extra chubbyness
     
  11. dagomike macrumors 65816

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    Built-in keyboard, no way. Able to use Apple's wireless bluetooth keyboard would be freaken awesome.
     
  12. jmann macrumors 604

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    I would definitely do that, and it's totally possible with the new APIs right?
     
  13. slapguts macrumors 6502a

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    And be stuck with one set of buttons, that can never change to anything else?

    The touchscreen keyboard can be rearranged at any time, in software. With all the different keys on an iPhone, the keyboard would be HUGE.
     
  14. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Because this is so bad on all other phones, right?

    It'd be nice to have the option of using a physical keyboard, or a virtual keyboard. That's all I'm saying.
     
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Well....yeah!
     
  16. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I don't think so. If anything moving keys around would just mess with the end user.

    What the hell is a ".com" button!?!
     
  17. jmann macrumors 604

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    I find it very useful and appropriate for Safari. I think it's clever. :)
     
  18. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I agree, however an inconsistent keyboard is just that: inconsistent.
     
  19. TurboSC macrumors 65816

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    before the iPhone I would argue yes, but afterwards, it's definitely a more intuitive, albeit you probably can't type as fast, but who cares, it works great.
     
  20. slapguts macrumors 6502a

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    Open Safari on your iphone, go to type in a url. There it is. Hold it down, and you get the option to choose .net, and .org, as well.
     
  21. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, the sidekick two was the greatest keyboard I ever used on a phone. The iphone is slow as crap for me. I really hope the landscape mode makes its better. But that being said, I would love the option of a real keyboard.
     
  22. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Thanks, but I'm more than aware of this. I even have mine present the options of .fr, .es, and .edu.
     
  23. jmann macrumors 604

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    Nice to know!

    That is the beauty of it. It can adapt depending on the application/need. It is similar to keyboards with OLED that can change depending on what program/language you want to use. I think the iPhone's keyboard is in the same category.
     
  24. robothero macrumors 6502

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    I really liked the physical keyboards on my HTC TyTN and my Blackberry Curve, but I don't think it would really fit into the overall design and purpose of the iPhone.
     
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